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Here are a few fun fats about rats we are sure you didn't know ...
Firstly, rats are actually expert swimmers. Sticking with that theme,
they have also been known to hold their breath for a long time - for up
to three minutes at a time - making them perfectly adapted to making
their way through sewer systems. Let's add another fun fact to that too
- the spine of a rat is hinged at the hips, making it easier for them to
crawl, wriggle and swim through the smallest, most awkward of spaces.
In short, there are very few areas a rat can't get to when it really
wants to, and that's why you definitely don't want to give them the
chance to enter your home.
Rats actually swim UP your toilet. If there was ever an advertisement
for putting the toilet seat down, we think that's probably it. They can
apparently swim for three days straight before they find themselves
exhausted and unable to continue, and it’s been shown that we actually
known very little about the almost magical powers that these rodents
possess. We definitely shouldn't be underestimating them, that's for
Another fun fact - rats have the lowest tolerance for hunger. If you
want to get to the root of a rat problem, look for the source of food -
that's what they think about the most. They will literally move their
way around the world, from city to city, country to country in some
cases, on the hunt for food. Starting with the source of food is often a
great idea when you can't figure out where they are or what they're
doing there. This is the case with many wild animals that may invade
your commercial property or residential building.
Going back to the point we made about rats swimming through sewers
earlier on, the threat of a rat popping up through your toilet is
actually on the increase. Lots of food gets flushed through our waste
pipe systems, and this is close to a five-star meal for some of them. If
they can't find any food, animal and human waste product often contains
nutrition in the form of food somewhere. It really is disgusting the
lengths that these animals will go to in order to eat. Now do you
understand why they would want to stay in your home if they can?
There’s another reason why you definitely don’t want the rats in your
water system, whether it’s at home or otherwise. They carry the threat
of so many diseases, some of which can be transferred to humans by way
of urine and rat poop (which will end up in the water if they are
swimming in it). Do you really want rats contaminating your water
If that wasn’t bad enough, what happens in the chance that your rat gets
stuck in your pipes somewhere? And then dies? That will attract plagues
of flies like you'd never seen before, and then you’ll need to pull
apart your entire plumbing system, piece by piece, trying to find a rat
that has died and is starting to decompose.
There are things that you can do to ensure rats don't get inside the
water systems, sewage or otherwise, in your home. Make sure that all
drains on the exterior of your home are covered in someway. Mesh wiring
can be used for this, but make sure you don't rely on anything made out
of plastic or wood - rats can chew right through both of those
If you have uncapped pipes, cap them. You can buy lattice-style covers
for those too, and if not, you can fashion something out of that steel
mesh wiring again. The trick is to sense the problem before it arises,
stopping rats from getting in, in the first place.
Take a peek at your pipes - is your home safe?
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